Tuesday, 23 April 2013


I freely admit that in the past I had an addiction to craft magazines (I'm over it now - honest!) - especially ones with free gifts on the cover.  I couldn't resist buying them but after an initial browse through I rarely picked them up again and when the pile got too high they ended up in the recycling box.  I kept the free gifts though - you know the type, a kit to make a small item from felt or fabric, but I never made any of the items as the felt was not nice to sew with, being very thin and stiff.  I much prefer my lovely plant dyed 100% wool felt offcuts from Myriad for my felt brooches.

However I recently found a good use for this felt - its perfect for cutting with dies and the stiffness is just right for these felt garlands I've made for my next craft fair.  I die cut two shapes, stitched them together and threaded them onto twine or cotton yarn with some wooden or felt beads as spacers.

There's a crochet version too.  And I had the idea to package them in small glass jars, generously donated by a work colleague's baby grandson (thank you Denise), and decorated to match.  Hope they tickle!


  1. What a lovely idea!
    I was the same with cross-stitch magazines. I have three large boxes full! Think I may take them to a boot fair if they don't sell, charity or recycling bin.
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Lovely novel idea. So pretty. I have cut my magazines down to just the one that I do read from cover to cover. The others after a casual glance and as you say getting only for the freebie were never looked at again. All gone to the recycling bin now. hugs Mrs A.

  3. I don't know which ones I like best - perhaps the felt garlands, because felt is my latest crush... Please come over to my blog for a little surprise!

  4. Fabulously pretty!!!! :) You can do such fun things with felt. :)

  5. Oooh, these are lovely Ann! I bet they sold like hot cakes!
    Hugs xxx


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